Selecting Jewelry for the Wedding Day
Today's bridal jewelry often includes rhinestones, diamonds, faux
diamonds--sometimes called CZs, Swarovski crystals, Austrian crystals,
and/or a combination of two or more. It's really a matter of personal
style and budget.
Most people build up a "look" or theme around one particular piece of
their wedding day outfit. Whatever your inspiration, it’s a good idea
to try and get each piece of the outfit to accessorize beautifully with
Don’t feel that you have to match everything perfectly, but don’t buy things in isolation.
FOR THE BRIDE
Preparations often seem to focus around the gown style. However, there
are many other elements of your look to consider, such as, ceremony
style, veil style, and hairstyle. Gown Style: The most important thing
is to make sure your jewelry does not overpower the dress and that the
color works with the gown.
For example, a white gown looks best with white pearls and silver. An
ivory gown looks better with ivory pearls and gold or silver both work.
A champagne gown looks best with dark ivory/champagne and gold accents.
Rhinestones, crystals, diamonds, or faux diamonds (CZs) can work with
all gown colors.
· For a simple dress with a deep neckline, you should be looking at a
chunkier more substantial jewelry set—especially the necklace.
· Pearls always seem to work, but try on different lengths to make sure that they compliment the entire look.
· Many of today's most popular gowns are strapless or have low
necklines. This is a perfect style to showcase a wonderful necklace and
· Gowns with high necklines may be better off to forgo the necklace and concentrate on the perfect earrings.
· Examine the detailing of your dress and match your jewelry
accordingly. For example, if you have crystals and pearls on your gown,
you would want to buy jewelry with the same detailing.
The bride's jewelry should reflect the formality of the wedding. A
small, informal wedding calls for simple jewelry, while a large, formal
wedding calls for more elaborate jewelry.
Veils come in many different styles. Always consider the detailing on
your veil. The more detailed it is, the softer you want the jewelry to
be. If you have a traditional veil with no beading or accents, you can
go for a more glamorous or flashy look with your jewelry. It is a
simple case of balancing the overall effect of the details.
If you have a shorter style or you have selected and up-do for the
wedding day, longer or drop earrings that extend toward your neck would
be a lovely choice. If you want something simpler, then rhinestone
studs or simple pearls can be equally beautiful.
If your hair is down, try and choose and earring that is not too long,
like a chandelier length, as it may get tangled in your locks. Short
drop earring and studs/simple pearls would be the best choice.
· Keep your earrings simple if your necklace is large or grand.
· Bracelets can be worn with sleeveless, short-sleeve, and three-quarter sleeve gowns.
· It is possible to combine a bracelet with gloves as a dramatic accessory worn over tight-fitted gloves.
Keep this in mind when selecting earring styles:
· A button earring accentuates a round face.
· A dangle earring widens a narrow face.
· A squared earring adds interest to a long face.
· If you are not wearing a necklace you may want your earrings to be larger. It is all a matter of balance.
FOR THE BRIDESMAIDS
The greatest benefit of selecting your bridesmaid’s jewelry sets is
that it works as a personal gift, as well as gives you the option of
what will be worn on your wedding day. Always consider your wedding
style, bridesmaid dress color, time of year, and of course, personal
taste. If you choose the jewelry with your bridal party in mind, you
are sure to select a gift the bridesmaids will appreciate.
It is important to choose a set that not only looks fantastic the day of your wedding, but can be worn again.
Wedding Style: Keep
your wedding style in mind. If you have an informal wedding, you will
want to choose a more subtle jewelry set. If your wedding is a larger
more formal affair, you may want to go with something a bit more
glamorous. Again, this is a matter of personal taste.
Bridesmaid Dress Color:
Keep in mind that if you select a color crystal jewelry set, you don't
have to match your wedding color exactly. Selecting a lovely ivory or
champagne necklace set is a lovely accent color that will bring a
shimmer to the bridal party while allowing the wedding color to stand
out fully in the bridesmaids dresses.
Time of Year: If
you are getting married in the Spring or Summer, you can choose lighter
colors such as sky blue, lavender, or mint green. Fall and Winter
months lend a brilliant backdrop to burgundy, chocolate, or black
bridesmaid jewelry sets.
Do all the bridesmaids need to wear the same set?
Absolutely not! Choosing a different necklace set for each of your
bridesmaids is a fantastic and fun option—just make sure you keep it
the same gem style for each lady (all crystals/rhinestones or all
pearls). You are technically giving each one the same gift, however you
are tailoring the design to their particular personality. Everyone
always has a friend that's larger than life. She loves to have fun and
is brilliantly boisterous. Think lots of sparkle to match her sparkly
personality, like a rhinestone jewelry set that's big and bold or a
chunky pearl chocker that has that edge!
For the bridesmaid that's more reserved and quiet, think classic and
traditional, like a single strand rhinestone necklace set or a
traditional drop pearl set. This allows you to capture her particular
personality while keeping the jewelry in the same family as the rest of
· The most common pearl colors are white or ivory. Which color you choose depends on the color of the bridesmaid dress.
· White looks fabulous with primary colors, such as red, blue, purple, green and of course, white.
· Ivory is very complimentary with champagne, ivory, brown, orange, and yellow.
· Either white or ivory may be worn with black.